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Greg Sandoval / Associated Press:
VeriSign Acquires for $2.3M  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Internet services company VeriSign Inc. said Friday it has acquired, a service that automatically alerts people when blogs and other Web sites are updated with new material.  —  Mountain View-based VeriSign …
Matt / Photo Matt: Sold, Ping Outlook Bleak  —  Verisign, which does not have a particularly good history in the blogosphere, has purchased  This leaves Ping-O-Matic as the only large-scale and independent ping relay service left.  ( was sold to Yahoo earlier in the year.)
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
There are three significant factual errors in this brief piece …
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
The orange icon...  It's great that a discussion of icons has recently restarted in the RSS community.  We are in the process of figuring out what icon to use on our toolbar in IE7 to represent feeds.  —  There are five parts of the experience for feeds in IE7: discovering if a webpage has a feed …
To Bundle or Not to Bundle: That's the Microsoft Security Question  —  Microsoft Corp. has not yet launched a paid anti-virus product, but questions about software bundling and unfair competition are already swirling in Europe.  —  Rival Symantec Corp. acknowledged late this week …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and
Robert McMillan /   Symantec complains to EU anti-trust officers over Microsoft
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Intel leads Wi-Fi chipmakers in new forum  —  Leading Wi-Fi chip manufacturers will be announcing a new industry forum on Monday to help accelerate efforts to create a new, faster Wi-Fi standard, says a source close to the companies.  —  Intel, Broadcom, Marvel and Atheros have sidestepped …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Oracle buys Innobase.  MySQL between rock and hard place?  —  As reported in several sources (Slashdot, InfoWorld, AP on Yahoo, Reuters), Oracle has acquired Innobase Oy for an undisclosed sum of money.  This appears to be a strategic move by Oracle to put MySQL between a rock and hard place.
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog and Slashdot
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Introduces Feed Reader  —  Continuing its push into the universe of blogs and feeds, Google has launched a feed reader application.  Google Reader is a browser-based application that works with virtually all popular browsers on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Jason / A design and usability blog:
Less as a competitive advantage: My 10 minutes at Web 2.0 Jason  —  I was invited to present a 10 minute "High Order Bit" at the Web 2.0 Conference.  I decided to talk about the concept of less as a competitive advantage.  Here's the rough text (from memory) of my presentation.  —  Less.
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Broadband Around The Planet  —  Folks, I am undertaking a big project for which I need your help.  A lot of help.  I have an idea to do a "broadband profile" of the planet.  What I would like to do is find contributors who are kind enough to write 250 words about the broadband situation in their country.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
These notes were written on the flight from Cincinnati to Greensboro, early yesterday evening.  —  Today was a travel day, an interesting one for sure, unique in many ways.  It was the first time I began a trip in the East Bay, and I learned a ton about getting from Berkeley to SFO for an 11AM weekday flight.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I tried the Google news reader again, this morning, after it had loaded all my feeds (it seems to take quite a few hours to do that).This is the second blog-related product they've come out with recently that appears not to have been touched by human beings before it was introduced to the world (the other was the ridiculous blog search).
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and TechBeat
Associated Press:
China to develop its own DVD format  —  Announced next-generation standard based on HD DVD  —  SHANGHAI, China - For the second time in two years, China has announced plans to develop its own next-generation DVD standard to break the monopoly of foreign companies and avoid paying heavy licensing fees.
Discussion: HD Beat and Cinematical
down the avenue:
Blog/Post Web 2.0 Gathering  —  We're meeting at Gordon Biersch on 2 Harrison Street along the waterfront, in San Francisco for a bloggers/post Web 2.0 gathering tonight — Saturday — at 8 pm.  If only wikis or evites were integrated with blogs, we would have a better sense of how many to book for …
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Young blog their way to a publishing revolution  —  · Poll shows a third of 14- to 21-year-olds now have their own online content  —  · Fast-changing world of the internet poses challenge to old media  —  The extent of the personal publishing revolution has been revealed …
Discussion: Complete Tosh …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
RSS Needs to Become Seamless  —  Yahoo! has just published a white paper on RSS (PDF) that has several key findings:  —  • Awareness of RSS is quite low among Internet users.  12% of users are aware of  —  RSS, and 4% have knowingly used RSS.  —  • 27% of Internet users consume …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! RSS awareness whitepaper

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